Donecept (Donepezil Hydrochloride)
What is Donecept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) used for?
Donecept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) is an oral acetylcholinesterase inhibitor used to treat symptoms experienced by patients with Alzheimer`s disease. The medication improves the function of nerve cells within the brain to prevent memory loss, loss of reasoning skills, or cognitive abilities. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Donecept (Donepezil Hydrochloride)?
Donecept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) should be used according to your doctor`s instructions to get the best results from treatment. One tablet is typically administered once daily just before going to sleep. Your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full cup of water and may be taken with or without food, although a snack or meal is suggested before use if you get an upset stomach. Do not chew or crush the tablets before use if you get an upset stomach. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Donecept (Donepezil Hydrochloride)?
Donecept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Serious side effects possibly requiring immediate medical attention are painful urination, coughing up blood or a substance resembling coffee grounds, or bloody or darkened stools. Contact your doctor as soon as any unusual or worrying symptoms occur to make sure the necessary alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Donecept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) should not be used by patients who are children, pregnant, breastfeeding, or lactose intolerant. You are also suggested to inform your doctor if you have asthma, a history of peptic ulcers, Parkinson`s disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), epilepsy, urinary obstruction, heart block, sick sinus syndrome, decreased liver function, or who are currently taking NSAID medications. These conditions may lead to unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Donecept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Donecept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.